Federer won’t let age, ranking deter him at US Open

By The Canadian Post, TSN.ca
Originally Published: 24 August 2013

NEW YORK — The numbers are not the sort that Roger Federer likes to see beside his name.

One of them — his age, 32 — he cannot control.

The other — his ranking, No. 7 — he insists he can.

“People are going to say what they like,” Federer said Saturday, two days before his first-round match at the U.S. Open. “Important is that I concentrate on my game and that the passion is there, that I work the right way, that I’m prepared, and that I feel like I can win a tournament.”… Click here to read on

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When the going gets tough in sport

By Caroline Heaney, Open University
Originally Published: Wednesday 29th June 2011

Imagine you’re the favourite to win an important event, maybe even the Olympic Games. You’ve trained hard and are at the top of your game, but two weeks before the event you sustain a serious sports injury. How would you feel?

Injury can be difficult for any sports performer but for those competing at a high level, often on a full-time basis, the impact of injury can be significant, leading to anger, frustration and anxiety. In an interview with The Times, 2009 World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis compared the injury she sustained prior to the 2008 Olympic Games to a bereavement: “I know it sounds dramatic, but to devote your life to something and then have it snatched away is a bit like suffering a bereavement. You’ve lost something that’s part of you.”… Click here to read on

You’re going to feel good. But no matter how much you rehab you do, you can’t speed up the healing process. I would rather see a guy come back in 14 months and pitch seven, eight or nine more years then come back in 10 months and get hurt again. You cannot mess with mother nature and father time. Nature will heal it if you give it time.

~ Tommy John

The pain game: How athletes deal with injuries

By Jesse Campigotto, CBC Sports
Originally Published: December 1, 2010

Three of Canada’s best Olympic athletes – Christine Nesbitt, Heather Moyse and Kelly VanderBeek – suffered major injuries recently. One has returned to competition, one is almost back, and the other still has a ways to go. These are their stories. Click here to read on

Phillies’ Roy Halladay faces his biggest challenge

By Matt Gelb, The Inquirer
Originally Published: 1 April, 2013

One man with a belief is worth 99 with an opinion. Though everyone in the game of baseball has an opinion, the opinions of others should be of no concern to the pitcher. What should matter to him is what he thinks of himself and what he knows about pitching: his belief system. If he doesn’t have one, he’d better develop it.

– H.A. Dorfman, The Mental ABC’s of Pitching

The first chapter in Roy Halladay’s bible, fittingly, is titled “Adjustments.” This is the book that once saved his career, the book Brandy Halladay bought for her husband 13 years ago, when Roy first confronted his baseball mortality… Click here to read on

Flyers veteran Pronger discusses concussion, depression

By TSN.ca Staff
Originally Published: 7 March 2013

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger addressed the media on Thursday about not only his eye injury but his career-threatening concussion that has kept him sidelined since November 2011.

The 38-year-old told the media that he still suffers from concussion symptoms but is not ready to retire just yet… Click here to read on

Morgan Rielly’s injury only made Leafs prospect stronger

By Michael Traikos, National Post
Originally Published: 6 November 2012

The anniversary has arrived. Morgan Rielly knows that much. He is not giving it much thought because he does not believe in living in the past, but there is no way he has forgotten what happened to him a year ago today, in what was his 17th game of the 2011-12 Western Hockey League season. The memory of it is tattooed on his brain.

That was the night it all went horribly wrong for the Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman. Or did it? Rielly is still trying to figure out if that night a year ago is cause for celebration or remembrance… Click here to read on